The Good, the Bad, the Insightful – October 20, 2008

Today’s good, bad, and insightful:

The Good

‘Twas a good day for Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish.

Article Number 1: A look back into Palin’s shady medical history. Mr. Sullivan tries his best to not show his seething hatred.

Article Number 2: He links an article from the NYT’s blog the Caucus, in which they report that Sarah Palin has not heard any of the threats and accusatory remarks from her supporters at rallies. Money quote:

“We have heard through some mainstream media is that folks have hollered out some pretty atrocious and unacceptable things,” including threats of harm, she said, adding “we have not heard that.”

Ms. Palin added: “If I ever were to hear that standing up there at the podium with the mic, I would call them out on that, and I would tell these people, no, that’s unacceptable, let’s rise above that please.”

The Huffington Post’s Alan Schram has an excellent post called “The Greatest Heist in History”. Quote of the week:

Even the government bonds, which represent the most solid of credit and are in such high demand now, are a robbery. They are paying an interest rate much lower than LIBOR or the rate of inflation, so effectively people are paying to put their money with the US government. Consider: the same government that is spending hundreds of billions to bail out the financial sector, the same government that is running massive deficits, the same government that is inflating the currency and will pay back its mountain of obligations in underappreciated money, thus escaping its fiscal commitments, this is the same government that people believe is a safe haven for their hard earned life savings.

The Bad

Foreign Policy magazine interviewed Tom Clancy. He’s a nut. On Colin Powell:

“He’s very smart; he’s honest. When he cuts himself shaving he probably bleeds green. He’s all soldier, and he’s real smart. Maybe the best person I’ve ever met in my life. I’ve met a few smart guys in my time. Colin Powell is in the top five. Soldiers as a class of people, especially the four-star variety, they tend to be smart people. If he’s ever said anything dumb, I’m not aware of it. Little George should have listened to him.”

‘Cept, Tommy forgets that Colin Powell was the guy who shoved the Iraq war down this country’s throats. Bush DID listen to him: he went to war.

The Insightful

The big story is the New Yorker’s editorial “The Insiders”, where Jane Meyer suggests that Sarah Palin, despite her folksiness, is really an insider just like the rest of ’em. However, my kudos go to Michael Tomasky of the Guardian for summing the article up for those who don’t have the time to read it.

Unbelievable, quite frankly.

  1. I am, and have been, quite amazed at the number of Americans who are reading online British newspapers and media to get the truth about this election.

    That has to be wrong.

  2. Yep, I read the Times and Guardian (gotta have both right wing/left wing takes), with occasional reads of the Telegraph and the Independent. I like their comment sections much better than the Op-eds in the WaPo, NYT, etc.

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